Hindustan Times featured work by Nemkumar Banthia, a UBC civil engineering professor and scientific director of the Canada-India Research Center of Excellence IC-IMPACTS, also based at UBC.
Banthia worked to install a road in Karnataka that uses advanced materials and technology that makes it more resilient and longer-lasting. The special fibres used attract and retain moisture and help hydrate the road.
“These are fibres which have a hydrophilic nano-coating on them,” he said. “Every time you have a crack, you always have unhydrated cement and this water is now giving it the hydration capability, producing further silicates which actually closes the crack in time.”